Adam Haddow Director, Architecture, Sydney

Won the Penelope and Edward Bilson travelling scholarship, design excellence, from University of Melbourne where he holds a Bachelor of Architecture. Architect and Urban Designer. Interested in what makes cities vibrant, connected and civil. 2007 won a 40th anniversary Churchill Fellowship to research urban density and culture, with reference to public and private space. 2009 Property Council of Australia National Future Leader award; furthered discussion about Australian cities and living environments. Has taught at University of Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney. A principal of the Sydney SJB practice since 2002. Project Director for St Margaret’s, Louisa Road, Marine Apartments, SOHO Alexandria and Casba.

Amanda Roberts Associate, Urban Design, Melbourne

Amanda Roberts is an Urban Designer with experience in both the private and government sectors in delivering and advocating for thoughtful design within the context of competing needs. Amanda is passionate about Urban Design and its role in the delivery of engaging spaces which contribute to the community’s quality of life. Her professional career has focused on the practicalities of delivering the quadruple bottom line for development: achieving socially, environmentally, financially and culturally successful projects.

Francisco Layson Associate, Urban Design, Sydney

Associate Urban Designer, Francisco Layson, has developed a unique breadth of skills and experience from his work in both the public and private sector, where he has become accustomed to working and collaborating within multidisciplinary teams. His project experience ranges from complex mixed-use city centre precincts, to precinct-wide masterplans, transport corridor studies, wayfinding strategies, and residential and commercial developments, over the various stages of a project’s life. Francisco is also championing the use of technology in design by utilising parametric modelling to develop innovative approaches to urban design and architecture.

Jonathan Knapp Director, Urban Design, Sydney

Director and founder of SJB Urban Design in Sydney. Leads complex urban and greenfield master plans that respect cultural, built, environmental site values. Believes in open consultative process, and finding solutions to urban problems through collaborative design. Qualifications in urban design, architecture, town planning. Approach to urban design and planning forged during eight years in London studying at Bartlett School of Architecture and working for BDP (Building Design Partnership). As a BDP associate, gained experience of master planning, design, regeneration and community projects in UK, China, India, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Canada. Lectures at UNSW, University of Sydney, UTS Centre for Local Government, and Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Lauren Clerey Associate, Urban Design, Melbourne

Lauren Clerey is an urban planner and designer whose breadth of experience ranges from master planning, design guidance, policy formation and public consultation.  Originally from the UK, Lauren moved to Melbourne 5 years ago, and has enjoyed getting to understand the specific challenges facing the City, whilst tapering her experience into a passion for public space and interdisciplinary collaboration. As part of this growing area of interest, Lauren has competed in the Urban Realities 72 Landscape Challenge in the Docklands, where her team won the Public Vote for their public realm installation.

Simon McPherson Director, Urban Design, Melbourne

Simon McPherson is a registered architect and practising urban designer. Educated at the University of Melbourne, he gained a master’s degree in urban design from the Bartlett School, University College London. He has worked on urban-scale projects in Australia and the UK. He is director of SJB Urban, to which he brings professional experience in core urban design skills and project capability and also academic achievements. His work is driven by the objectives of sustainable outcomes, design quality and social equity. SJB Urban undertakes large developments, strategic projects and high-level advisory work in metropolitan and regional locations across Australia. Simon frequently presents at national and international conferences, and lately at the World Sustainable Building Conference SB11 in Helsinki.

Photos by Katie Kaars